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Welcome to the Visit Bristol blog, your one-stop shop for ideas, inspiration and handy tips to make your time in Bristol that bit better!  

From suggested itineraries to festival round-ups and unmissable things to do, our guides aim to showcase the best of the city, whatever the time of year. We publish new blogs every week and keep our blog posts up-to-date with the latest information, so you can trust that you’re getting the most accurate and useful tips for your trip. 

Planning a trip with the family? Check out our guides on Places to stay with kids in and around Bristol and Things to do with teenagers. We’ve also got a list of 60 free things to do to keep costs down. 

Coming  here to sample as much of the food scene as you can? Have a read through our list of Bristol’s Michelin-starred restaurants, top cocktail bars and pub gardens, or find the best places to go for vegan food while you’re here. We’re sure you’ll also want to try a tasty Sunday roast while you’re here – we've rounded up a few of the best of those too! 

If you’re local to Bristol, or here for a few days, we’ve also got plenty of suggestions for day trips to the north, south, east and west of the city so that you can experience as much of the region as possible. Maybe you want to tick off all of the World Heritage Sites near Bristol, or discover our most accessible outdoor attractions

We’ll also have seasonal guides to help you get the most out of Summer in Bristol, from rooftop bars to scenic cycle routes, or find out what’s on for Christmas in and around the city. 

Keep checking back for more brilliant Bristol inspiration! 

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Things To Do

24 Things to do in Bristol in 2024

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With a seemingly never-ending list of sights to see and experiences to tick off, how can you pack the best of Bristol into your year? Our top 24 things to do in 2024 is here to help, covering everything from uniquely Bristol attractions to outdoor adventures. It’s no surprise Bristol was…

Latest blogs

The local's guide: St George

Heading eastwards in Bristol? We asked St George local Helen Applin for her top tips on what to see and do while you're visiting... Bristol City Centre seems to have it all: shopping, restaurants, bars. Then there’s the tourist meccas The SS Great Britain and Clifton Suspension Bridge. Venture out…

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The local's guide: Easton

Just outside Bristol city centre lies Easton. Often overlooked in favour of trendy Stokes Croft and the star attractions of central Bristol, the area has some great eateries that are worth a trip. Bristol Sweet Mart, St Mark’s Road Loved by Bristolians, the Bristol Sweet Mart is an independently…

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The local's guide: Downend

Downend, a small suburb to the north-east of Bristol (and actually located in South Gloucestershire), is not somewhere many would think of travelling to, unless you’re coming for the now famous ‘Freak Shakes’ at The Beehive Coffee House! So here's a quick guide on what to see, what to do and where…

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The local's guide: Brislington

We asked local stand up comedian and BS4 aficionado Mark Olver for his recommendations on where to go in this leafy suburb of south east Bristol... Image - Beeses Riverside Bar I have lived in Brislington all of my life (apart from university and a few years "at sea" in Cotham, Clifton and…

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The local's guide: Fishponds

Local writer Natalie Burns gives us a run down of her top parks, pubs and pit stops around Fishponds in East Bristol. Fishponds isn’t necessarily the top of the list when you think of places to visit in Bristol (firstly, it's got a weird name!). However, there’s more to Fishponds than the slightly…

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